Moral objectivism across the lifespan

Philosophical Psychology 29 (6):912-929 (2016)

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David Sackris
Arapahoe Community College
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We report the results of two studies that examine folk metaethical judgments about the objectivity of morality. We found that participants attributed almost as much objectivity to ethical statements as they did to statements of physical fact and significantly more objectivity to ethical statements than to statements about preferences or tastes. In both studies, younger participants attributed less objectivity to ethical statements than older participants. Females were observed to attribute slightly less objectivity to ethical statements than males, and we found important interactions between attributions of objectivity and other factors, such as how strong participants’ moral opinions were and how much disagreement about the issue they perceived to exist within society. We believe our results have significant implications for debates about the nature of folk morality and about the nature of morality in general.
Keywords moral psychology  metaethics  objectivitism  subjectivism  relativism
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2016.1174843
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